Mom, daughter escape North Kingstown house fire

Photo courtesy of North Kingstown Firefighters.

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A mother and daughter escaped unharmed after flames broke out in their two-story home on Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the Potter Road home just after 9:30 a.m. and found flames shooting from the side of the house.

Officials on scene believe the fire started on the two-level porch and then continued to spread. Though the flames remained contained to half the home, smoke damaged other parts of the house.

“Crews immediately went to work when they arrived, establishing a water supply,” said North Kingstown Fire Chief Fenwick Gardiner, Jr. “They did go into the house to make an interior attack. At some point in time they withdrew because they could see that they couldn’t extinguish it safely.”

It took fire crews about 30 minutes to get the flames under control.

A pet also escaped the fire. At this time, the family is not being allowed back into the damaged home.

Firefighters are now investigating the cause.

“On the surface it does not appear to be an overloaded circuit or a space heater, it doesn’t point to that, lend itself to that,” added Gardiner. “Everything seems to be of the norm, so it’s questionable of the reason for the start.”

No injuries were reported during the fire.

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